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Police officers show off dance skills at 'We Are Corinth' festival

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CORINTH, MS (WMC) -

A video of five Mississippi police officers having a dance battle with kids has been viewed more 3,300 times of Facebook.

The police officers, Heather Russell, Dakota Chandler, Fred Washington, Cody Hill, and Scott Howell, showed off their dance skills at the We Are Corinth Fall Festival, Saturday.

“It was great, especially in the south side of Corinth where officers are seen as enforcers and not regular people that like to dance and have fun,” said Markenna Edgeston, the founder of We Are Corinth, a group whose main focus is providing a positive outlet for children and adults.

The festival brought out volunteers from across the city, including the four off-duty officers and one on-duty officer who came in their uniforms, ready to show their support for the community of Corinth.

“A lot of kids are fearful [of police]; they see them making arrest and being enforcers,” Edgeston said. “They never get to see them in a different light.”

The children played games with the officers and challenged them to a dance battle with the popular song, “Juju on That Beat.”

“I think they knew they were going to win,” said Heather Russell, one of the officers dancing in the video. “We had the best time getting out there with the community.”

Russell has been on the force for eight years and said she believes Corinth is trying to be there for one another.

The We Are Corinth group was formed in the spring after two young men were killed. After the loss in their neighborhood, several citizens came up with a plan to reach out to the youth and encourage a hurting community. The group decided to call itself “We Are Corinth” because it realized that every problem facing any part of the city was a problem for the whole city.

The group’s first event was a kickball tournament. Volunteers handed out more than 500 flyers inviting children and adults to sign up.

The turnout for the event was “overwhelming” according to Edgeston.

The group has since headed up efforts to clean up graffiti at Johns’ St. Park and surrounding areas and organized play dates with the neighborhood kids.

“Our goal is to build relationships and bridge the gaps in our community,” Edgeston said. “We can't change the whole world, but we can make a difference here in our little city because We Are Corinth.”

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